The history of youth non political activities are less priority in India. But certain initiatives were took place which may be important for the youths movement of the World..
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It was in 1982 a mountaineers and trekkers meet was planned at The Bharat Scouts & Guides (West Bengal) Camp site for the mountaineers and trekkers of the state of West Bengal of India. Apart from Himalayan Club the oldest civil mountaineering club is located at Kolkata, India. The Bharat Scouts & Guides (West Bengal) a Rover Crew was active in mountain adventure activities. Even the then the State Secretary was very much interested in mountain adventure activities.
Rock climbing, trekking,and mountaineering expeditions were organised by them. An effort of making a confederation was initiated since 1980 and a meet was called at The Bharat Scouts & Guides (West Bengal) Camp site. The various representatives of mountaineering & trekking organisations and individual joined this meet. It was decided to form a confederation for the state of West Bengal for the development of mountaineering and trekking activities.
The name of this organisation is West Bengal Mountaineers & Trekkers Confederation.
I mate Dr Robin Chatterjee who was Scouter and In charge of Disaster Training Institute of Indian Red Cross Society (West Bengal). This Institute was located at central Kolkata. Dr Robin Chatterjee at Face Book
I had planned to visit Amarnath Cave,in 1970, Jammu & Kashmir, in Indian Himalayas.Trekking route to Amarnath cave
Dr Chatterjee took interest for making this venture a success, we had a plan to trek from Batal, it was not a normal trekking route.The special permission were required that time. We were seven members, but who will sponsor our venture ? Dr Chatterjee took initiative and The Bharat Scouts & Guides, Eastern Railway, Sealdha Division sponsored this venture. Indian Mountaineering Foundation of New Delhi approved this venture.We faced hardship due to bad weather, before our venture there were lots of casualties of human and animal lives.
It was in 1987, I used to visit The Bharat Scouts & Guides (West Bengal) State HQ at Kolkata, One day I mate the Leader of Dacca College Scout Group of Bangladesh. They were on a visit to India. I took interest to know about youth of Bangladesh. They were staying at Sea Scout Headquarter on the river bank of Ganga. I keep looking why Bangladeshi youths are not adventure oriented ? though good numbers are working in ships.I got verbal request to visit Bangladesh from my new Scouts friends. In December 1987, I took permission from my employer and obtained visa to visit Bangladesh. I had a official work at the Indo Bangladesh Town and then entered Bangladesh border, I took a night bus service to reach Dacca, the cost of ordinary bus service was about INR 26.
I reached Bangladesh Scout National HQ, there was a single accomodation was availed by me. It was an opportunity to meet more Scouters and Scouts who used to visit this HQ. The law and order was not favourable at that time, the political disturbance was there.
I was interviewed by Bangladesh Radio, Dacca for a monthly Scout programme 'Agradoot', it was in Bengali language.I invited our friends to join for Rock Climbing training at Sushunia Hill of Bankura District of West Bengal. They arrived Kolkat when our team left Kolkata. It was difficult to contact at that time.
I had an opportunity to visit a open Scout Group of Bangladesh in 1987., The Cub, Scout & Rover they were well informed about their country. Bengali being my mother tongue it was great opportunity for me to interact with them very closely. They were regular writing to me and my reply were important to them for getting their proficiency badges. When ever any Scout viist that time, they used to visit my place. I was up dated their personal and scouting activities.
In 1995 a team of five youths from Behrampore, Murshidabad, West \Bengal, they planned to visit Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India with three motor cycle. Due to political instability they team had left Bangladesh from their itinerary.
We had strong desired to have joint venture from river Ganga to Padma which was not materialised. How ever two expeditions wer took place on river \Ganga from Maharajpur, Jharkhand, India to Behrampore ( West Bengal), a total distance of 190 kms covered by 3 country boats by 14 persons . in 5 days.
Route followed on river ganga in 1995 & 1996
Another expedition was organised in 1996 from Behrampore (West Bengal) to Kolkata, a distance of 300 kms in 8 days by 18 persons by 2 rafts prepared by the members of the team.